Radiant Rider-Waite Tarot

Original art by Pamela Colman Smith; Recolorized by Virginijus Poshkus
© 2003 US Games Systems Inc.

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The Chariot
                in the Radiant Rider Waite TarotPage of Cups in the Radiant
                Rider Waite TarotThree of
                Wands in the Radiant Rider Waite Tarot
The Sun in
                the Radiant Rider Waite TarotAce of Swords in the Radiant
                Rider Waite TarotNine of
                Pentacles in the Radiant Rider Waite Tarot

Radiant Rider
                Waite TarotHere we have another version of the popular Rider-Waite deck.  The Radiant Rider-Waite Tarot, with original art work by Pamela Colman Smith, was recolorized by artist Virginijus Poshkus. 

This deck has a close resemblance to another Rider-Waite clone which was also recolorized -- The Universal Waite Tarot, recolorized by Mary Hanson Roberts.  The Radiant deck, however, features shades that are richer, deeper, and bolder than the softer pastel hues of the Universal Waite version.

The Radiant Rider-Waite Tarot is identical in size to the standard Rider-Waite deck, but slimmer and shorter than the Universal Waite cards.  This is a very pretty deck.  I like the "radiant" colors that have been used.  The cards have a slick and glossy feel to them, yet the gloss is not at all "sticky" as you often find in cards that are glossy coated.

I would recommend the Radiant Rider Tarot to anyone who wants to stay with traditional Tarot, but who finds the colors of the traditional Rider-Waite to be too bland or boring for their personal taste.  Many have disliked the original Rider-Waite deck as being boring or uninspiring, while others don't mind at all.  But now there is another choice to help make tradition more fun, enjoyable, and inspiring.

The Radiant Rider takes the familiar and comforting images of the traditional Rider cards and brings them to life with "radiance."  The recolorization serves to illuminate Pamela Colman Smith's original work.  If you're not in the mood for the traditional Rider-Waite which may seem too "plain," or you find that you're also not in the mood for the softer colors of the Universal Waite deck . . . then the bolder colors in the Radiant version may be just what you're looking for.

Just as with the Universal version of these traditional cards, this deck presents itself in a whole new light . . . and so, if you've been one to stay away from the traditional Rider-Waite deck due to the coloring used, the Radiant Rider is a good reason to take another look from a fresh perspective.

I know I personally enjoy working with traditional Tarot, even though I also find it fun to venture out with something new quite often.  But the traditional Rider Waite is how it all started for me . . . and with the Radiant deck now available, it's among my favorites and is favored by many of my clientele in the professional readings I do.

It's just a bright, more colorful . . . and more illuminating experience to read with this traditional deck which has been updated to modern times :-)

                  Rider Waite Tarot Cards

Deck Details - Radiant Rider-Waite Tarot

Number of Cards in Deck: 78 cards (22 Major/56 Minor)

Size of Cards:  2-3/4" x 4-3/4"

Included with deck: LWB (Little White Book)

Major Arcana:  Fool, Magician, High Priestess, Empress, Emperor, Hierophant, Lovers,
Chariot, Strength, Hermit, Wheel of Fortune, Justice, Hanged Man,  Death, Temperance,
Devil, Tower, Star, Moon, Sun, Judgement, World

Suit Names: Cups, Wands, Swords, Pentacles

Court Cards:  King, Queen, Knight, Page

Back Design of Cards: Radiant Rider Waite Tarot
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